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Appointment at the Palace for Flying Scotsman as iconic engine passes through Haringey and Camden

PUBLISHED: 14:21 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 03 October 2018

The Flying Scotsman chugged through Alexandra Palace station just after midday today, on its way to Southall. Picture: David Winskill

The Flying Scotsman chugged through Alexandra Palace station just after midday today, on its way to Southall. Picture: David Winskill

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Passengers at Alexandra Palace station got a welcome surprise earlier today, when the world’s most famous steam engine, the Flying Scotsman 60103, passed through.

Britain's most famous steam engine the Flying Scotsman passes through Alexandra Palace earlier today. Picture: Dave WinskillBritain's most famous steam engine the Flying Scotsman passes through Alexandra Palace earlier today. Picture: Dave Winskill

The engine, built in Doncaster in 1923 came through the station on its way to Southall, as it makes its way to the South West of England for a series of tours. After leaving Alexandra Palace, it passed through Finsbury Park, before branching off to Camden Road and Hampstead Heath along the London Overground line to Southall.

Despite being scheduled to briefly call at the station, the engine, which was only pulling one carriage, chugged past surprised travellers.

The locomotive is back in service after a decade-long overhaul was completed in 2016. Among the work that took place on the engine at the National Railway Museum in York was getting a new boiler certificate.

From the old to the new: A Grand Central and LNER train hold back as the Flying Scotsman, built in 1923, passes through Alexandra Palace station earlier today. Picture: David WinskillFrom the old to the new: A Grand Central and LNER train hold back as the Flying Scotsman, built in 1923, passes through Alexandra Palace station earlier today. Picture: David Winskill

David Winskill said: “There wasn’t much fanfare. Nobody at the station seemed to know it was coming, even the station staff didn’t know about it.”

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